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"Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2012" -Indie Reviews
"Leaves readers speechless, breathless" - Out in Jersey
"Best Gay Contemporary  Fiction" - Rainbow Awards 2012

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10% of the proceeds from this book are donated to LGBT Youth Charities. See BrandonShire.com for more details.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470181290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470181291
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,981,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Great stories should not depend on gender or sexual preference of a character, but instead upon the strength of the characters and the honesty and urgency of the story.

Brandon Shire proves he understands the complexity of writing LGBT fiction from two very different viewpoints - serious and smexy. His serious fiction is written for those who enjoy a book which explores life's darker elements in a more literary form, while the smexy fiction is for those who enjoy a graphically erotic romance.

Regardless of the differentiation above, Brandon writes for people who enjoy being challenged, and for those who strive to understand situations they don't typically encounter. He pens raw, emotional stories about characters which readers will either love or love to hate.

Life and love are pretty damned special, but neither is always perfect. Life can be painful, and real love hard to find. Brandon's fiction is an exploration of the (sometimes) arduous search for the happiness we all desire.

BRANDON SHIRE was chosen as a Top Read in 2011, Best in LGBTQ Fiction for 2011 & 2012, and garnered several Honorable Mentions and a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Contemporary Fiction.

Visit his website for more information. brandonshire.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wayne bentley on April 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"nothing is perfect, not even love" --Brandon Shire

In "Listening to Dust" Brandon Shire's first work since his stunning debut with The Value Of Rain,the author once again drives with poetic abandon through the landscape of the heart, ruthlessly plowing through every intersection of love and pain in this engaging and haunting work.

In London, Stephen Dobbins, whose parents were murdered for mysterious political reasons, meets Dustin Earl, a drunk American soldier with a troubled past and an uncertain future. Dustin's tour of duty has just finished and Stephen takes him home. Their night together engages Stephen's emotions but Dustin explodes with anger the next morning and disappears. He returns eventually and begins a tenuous relationship with Stephen that grows deeply over the course of eight months. From the outset Dustin makes it clear that he will, for family reasons, return to his home and eventually does leaving Stephen bereft and lonely. Stephen hides out in France for a year before finally deciding to go to America to bring Dustin back. He is unprepared for what he finds in America where an awful irony accentuates the paths that love and pain travel together, where love can not save anyone from death, but death cannot destroy love.

"Listening to Dust" is well worth reading many times. There are no wasted words, no comforting platitudes, no perfect romances just life told by a master story teller with a razored and haunting insight into heart and soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kozakewich on September 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Rarely do I find myself so completely engaged by a story that does not have a happy ending... rarely? It's so rare that I can count the times I've been so affected by such a story on half of one hand; maybe. But I found myself needing to get back to Brandon Shire's fabulous book Listening to Dust. It wasn't always easy to read, but it has left its mark on my soul.

Listening to Dust does not, as I said, have an HEA but it is an extremely powerful and very moving story, one that will be with me for a long time to come. I will be so bold as to say that I found Listening to Dust heart-achingly compelling; the emotions it engendered ran the gamut from happiness to hatred, contentment to sorrow, yet the overwhelming feeling I was left with was that I had experienced something real.

The relationships--Dustin and Stephen, Dustin and Robbie and even Stephen and Robbie--like the characters, are vivid and dynamic... and unforgettable. Brandon Shire bring to life these men and their experiences.

Dustin's and Stephen's lives, in particular, have been filled with pain and loneliness, but together they find something precious.

Listening to Dust is rife with the dichotomy between dreams and reality; which is preferable? And can there be one without the other? That is, for me, the ultimate message.

With the outstanding storytelling I discovered in Listening to Dust, I expect to be enjoying stories from Brandon Shire for a long time to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Frances (LeAnn's Book Reviews) on October 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 5+ stars

My thoughts: You caught that, did you? Yes, a 5+ stars rating along with my thoughts on the book. Why? Because I can't bring myself to review this book and do it justice.

I first discovered Brandon Shire's work when I read Afflicted where I immediately discovered his talent for weaving emotionally packed stories and creating complex yet very real characters. So I was looking forward to reading this and took the plunge into unchartered territory. And I am glad to say that it did not disappoint.

"Love steals everything from you, Mémé, and leaves you with nothing"

With just these words, found in Chapter 2, I knew I was in it for the long haul. So much was said in that statement that my heart went out to Stephen right there and then.

And so began my journey into the love story of Stephen and Dustin. What came next was an overwhelming story of love and loss, filled with regret, guilt and heartache. Their love, like a storm, tore through me leaving me painfully sad and angry. Yes, angry. Not at the author or his book. But at the people who continue to abuse, judge and discriminate against others. I was so overwhelmed by my own emotions that I had to step away and gather my bearings.

When I returned to the book it did not take but a couple of pages for my emotions to come to the surface. But this time, I did not want to step away.

"He absorbed every grace Stephen laid upon his body; shivered and moved with Stephen as if they had been lovers for decades instead of mere minutes. He was still drunk, but his passion burned; burned like a white hot sun that sucked Stephen into a realm of ardor which he did not know existed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ross McCoubrey on March 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
There are times when you read something that you don't fully embrace its power until putting the book down and walking away for awhile. Such is the case with Brandon Shire's beautifully written Listening to Dust.

The author uses his words carefully, thus allowing the reader to fully flush out the scenes in his/her mind, creating an even more meaningful connection to the characters, the settings, and the story as a whole.

The story itself, though dealing with some very tragic issues, has an underlying arc of delicate beauty, as if one were viewing a rose held upside down.
This is not a story I will ever forget as the author has created images that will last in my mind's eye, until I am dust as well.
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